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Rock Bottom Girl: A Small Town Romantic Comedy

Written by: Lucy Score
Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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"You may be faking the relationship, but you're not faking the orgasms."  

Downsized, broke, and dumped, 38-year-old Marley sneaks home to her childhood bedroom in the town she couldn't wait to escape 20 years ago. Not much has changed in Culpepper. The cool kids are still cool. Now they just own car dealerships and live in McMansions next door. Oh, and the whole town is still talking about that Homecoming she ruined her senior year.  

Desperate for a new start, Marley accepts a temporary teaching position. Can the girl banned from all future Culpepper High Homecomings keep the losing-est girls soccer team in school history from killing each other and prevent carpal tunnel in a bunch of phone-clutching gym class students?  

Maybe with the help of Jake Weston, high school bad boy turned sexy good guy. When the school rumor mill sends Marley to the principal's office to sign an ethics contract, the tattooed track coach, dog dad, and teacher of the year becomes her new fake boyfriend and alibi - for a price. The Deal: He'll teach her how to coach if she teaches him how to be in a relationship.  

Who knew a fake boyfriend could deliver such real orgasms? But it's all temporary. The guy. The job. The team. There's too much history. Rock bottom can't turn into a foundation for happily ever after. Can it?  

Warning: Story also includes a meet-puke, a bouffanted nemesis, a yard swan and donkey basketball, a teenage-orchestrated makeover, and a fake relationship that gets a little too real between the sheets.

©2019 That's What She Said Publishing, Inc. (P)2019 That's What She Said Publishing, Inc.

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  • Sin2sea
  • 2019-10-18

A small town rom com with all the feels

This is a must listen for any rom com lovers. It has the snarky humor and a wonderful array of characters to love. At the start of the story, the situation Marley found herself in is cringeworthy bad. Rock bottom indeed and the journey of redemption is heart warming and so darn sweet. Stephen did an amazing job as Jake. His cockiness and slob like behavior is enduring. He really embodies the character and I wish I have a history teacher like him. Love the range Natalie shown from Marley to her parent and those snarky teenagers. Bravo sister! And the bestest thing ever, bonus second epilogue! Another winner from Lucy Score!

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  • Joyce Hiebert
  • 2019-10-17

Completely invested!

Natalie Duke and Stephen Dexter are amazing as Marley and Jake! Great performance!
An epic story about personal declarations of independence! I was completely invested in Jake and Marley’s story, in them as a couple and individually. I’ve never wanted a heroine to succeed more! I wanted her to win a soccer game, earn her student’s respect, let go of her own high school horrors, win the love of the town George Clooney, but most of all I wanted Marley Cicero to belief in herself.
That town George Clooney hero Jake Weston? Wow. He’s as close to perfect as you can get. His campaign to boost Marley’s confidence is fun, sweet and swoon worthy. Jake’s life coach mantras seep into Marley’s soul and has her reevaluating all she knew to be true.
As Marley slowly becomes entrenched in the small town she thought she hated we see her bloom, we see her look at competitors, enemies, and friends with new eyes not blinded by self-loathing. With hard won 20-20 hindsight Marley does become the woman we all can cheer for.
Once again Lucy Score has created a world I want to inhabit, full of quirky characters, cute kids, and endearing pets. Welcome to Culpepper, PA folks.

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  • Emily
  • 2019-11-20

So entertaining

4.5 stars. This was such an entertaining, refreshing book. It had a unique storyline. I enjoyed the characters being a little older than the typical standard. I listened to the audio version of this one while traveling. I’m pretty sure passing cars were concerned about me since I was laughing so hard. The female narrator took a little getting used to, but by the end I was a fan. I think it’s just she sounded completely different than I expected the character to sound. Overall, great performances.

Jake Weston is one of my favorite book boyfriends now. He was so many of the things I love. I didn’t have a huge amount in common with Marley because I personally loved high school. I related a little more with the current day version. Sometimes it takes a while to figure out what you want to be when you grow up. I loved all the family gatherings. I loved her best friend. It was great seeing Marley come into her own and learn how to adult. Her relationship with the team is fantastic.

There are so many memorable moments. Some of my favorites were heat stroke, signing a dating contract, poker, donkey basketball, makeover, and graduation. I saw a reviewer thought Jake was controlling, but I didn’t get that vibe at all. I also saw one that didn’t like that the author didn’t address gray hair. Not everyone has gray hair at 38, I didn’t. I agree with the people that could see this as a movie. I had the exact same thought as I was listening. Better yet, a whole season on a streaming site. If you love rom-coms then definitely give it a try.

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  • Bookish Stacy
  • 2019-10-24

Small Town Perfection!

Oh wow! I expected small town shenanigans, heated moments, and lots of laughs but as usual, Lucy Score dished out all that and more. There were so many very sweet moments that had me tearing up. Jake and Marley were perfect together. The girls on the soccer team; the friends; the family; LIBBY--I loved everything from beginning to end. And don't get me started on the epilogue--gah! The narrators did an amazing job, as well. Perfection!

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  • Kim H
  • 2019-10-23

A story most people can relate to

I loved this story when I read it. That love has multiplied by 10 now that I have listened to the audio! Natalie Duke and Stephen Dexter did an amazing job with the many emotions displayed in this story on their narration. Thank you, Lucy Score for writing such a great story.

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  • B. D.
  • 2020-02-08

I’m still laughing!

81 chapters. 81 chapters of funny, witty banter. This book is a perfect rom com. Duke and Dexter do a fabulous job of performing and bringing Marley and Jake to life. I laughed right to the very end. I loved both of these, sort of broken people who figured out their world, and wound up making everyone else’s better. This book is a keeper and I’ll be reading it again one day.

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  • Katie Berman
  • 2020-02-05

Laughing out loud

As a 38 year old myself, I love listening to the narrators inner monologs. There were so many moments that made me literally laugh out loud. As I listened to this at work and at the gym, I got more than a couple odd looks for looking like a laughing hyena. Love this. Will even listen again.

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  • Leezard_Love
  • 2020-01-20

5 stars!

I loved this book. I laughed my butt off with the donkeys and several other parts. Loved all of the characters and the narration was awesome. I wasn't sure it could keep my interest for as long as it was but I loved every second. Definitely recommend this!

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  • Carol
  • 2019-11-24

Wonderful!

This one of the best books just to read but it shines when narrators.
Natalie duke and Stephen dexter did an outstanding job. I’ll look for more of their work in fact!
You’ll get caught up in marlys stroll downward but held together by jake.
Pay attention as there is actual life lessons within!!
Highly recommended!!

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  • Mocha
  • 2019-11-13

Best book ever!

I so needed this book! It’s funny, clever, heartfelt, and it made me guffaw and spurt coffee it was so funny. I teared up from joy, too (extended epilogue)... Ultimate favorite book boyfriend and sexy AF! Ladies, be warned: when Marlee has a date with Jake at the bonfire (or in the field, whatever they call it) STOP READING (or listening) until your home, the kids are sleeping, and hubby is available... OMG scorching! So sad the book ended! Would make a GREAT TV SERIEs (if anyone knows anyone).